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    suspension fork on airplanes

    I am planning to bring my mountain bike suspension fork from China, where I now live, back to the USA to have it re-valved over the xmas holiday.

    But, I've never flown suspension on an airplane. I would bleed off all the air and collapse the fork for transport. My question is whether or not it is required to drain the oil out of it.

    Anyone flown internationally with suspenion forks or shocks? What's the protocol?

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    Have it shipped as cargo. The TSA/Customs may think it is some kind of weapon of mass destruction....seriously.
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    Put it in a checked bag, TSA will probably not let you carry it on even if it fits in a carry on bag.
    TSA will open it and look (because if you were trying to get a weapon on a plane, that's where you'd hide it, not in a laptop or something they see every day), so make sure it's easy to get to from the top of the bag; if possible pack it in a bag by itself. There's no need to bleed off the air or drain it if you don't want to.

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    When I flew with bikes in the USA, I bled the air out of the air/oil forks and compressed them to save space. Don't worry about the oil inside - it's sealed inside.


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    Flown my bike from Hawaii to Mainland several problems with suspension fork. With one exception, I always released air pressure. Nothing bad happened the one time I forgot to.

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